Carthage Comets Football get ahead of the competition, training begins
CARTHAGE, N.Y. (WWNY) — Monday marks the official start of the 2022-23 high school sports season, with fall teams in a number of sports hitting the practice field for the first time.
One team that started early on Saturday due to the schedule was the Carthage Comets football team.
Hopes are high for the 2022 version of Comets of Carthage.
Coach Jason Coffman’s side will look to improve on a 2021 campaign that saw them post a 2-4 record, losing to West Genesee in the Class A Section 3 quarter-finals.
Coffman thinks their hard work in the offseason will pay big dividends when the season kicks off in less than 2 weeks.
“I have a great group of kids. They do everything I ask, no one complains, we had great summer training, they did everything I asked them to do. how tough we can get throughout the season will decide how well we do this year. They’re a great group of kids. I love being around them,” Coffman said.
The Comets lost much of their offensive output with the graduation of Carter Kempney, who led the team in passing yards and rushing yards last season, but with a number of 3-year-olds. Back on both sides of the ball, the players are optimistic about the team’s chances heading into the upcoming season.
“We are promising this year. Everyone worked a lot in the summer. We’ve done a lot of weight room, weight training, and I think we’re going to have a great team this year,” senior offensive guard Finnley Wagner said.
“Honestly, we have a lot of really motivated guys here. I think we are going to do fantastic. The strength is we have a lot of guys who are ready to do the job, we’re motivated and we’re all happy to be here, I hope,” said senior offensive guard Thomas Kennedy.
“I’ve seen a lot of guys that I’ve known for 4 years playing with, a lot of talented guys, a lot of guys that are motivated to keep working and working hard to get a lot of wins this season,” the tight end said. senior Kolyn McGill.
The Comets schedule is daunting, with a number of powerhouses on the schedule, including a classy crossover against Perennial Power and rival Indian River.
Coffman says his team’s strength both mentally and physically will determine how the Comets perform in the 2022 season.
“Class A football in Section 3 is going to be hard work. I would go so far as to say Class A football in Section 3 is the best Class A league in the state. We had CBA that won the state championship last year, we’ve been to the state championship, Indian River won a state championship in the A’s, Auburn has a state championship in the AA’s We have teams with Auburn, West Genesee, FM coming down AAs, Corcoran this year in the A’s It’s gonna be a grind If we’re tough we can compete with anybody If we don’t find that mental toughness we’ll have to hard to associate with people,” Coffman said.
The Comets open the season on Friday, September 2 when they host the Watertown Cyclones at Comet Field. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
The St. Lawrence football team wrapped up its first full week of practice last week.
Coach Dan Puckhaber’s squad are gearing up for another tough 2022 Liberty League schedule and non-league roster.
The Saints with a number of key players back on both sides of the ball, but are also looking to fill some holes due to graduation.
Puckhaber is pleased with how the first week of camp has gone and pleased with what he has seen from his team so far.
“I think we started the camp very well. I think we tested well. Guys, they look good, they arrived in good shape, the ones we expect. I think we had 104 guys who showed up to camp or expected to show up to camp and they all showed up. I’m not going to say that all 104 of them looked like they were in great shape, but I’m going to say the majority of them. So it’s always refreshing just because at this level, Division 3, we don’t see them basically from the first week of May until this second week of August,” Puckhaber said.
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